Significance of Bovine TB
In the U.S. today, the threat of humans contracting bovine TB from animals is extremely remote. Health officials have confidence in the state's meat and milk supply.
At-risk are Michigan's deer herd and other wildlife species with their many social, ecological, and economic values. Also at risk are livestock industry, and, most importantly, the health of Michigan's citizens.
By continuing to eliminate TB-infected animals from herds, paying close attention to the meat inspection and pasteurization processes, and using proper food handling and good management practices, the chance of bovine TB transmission from animals to humans is virtually eliminated.